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INFORMATION LITERACY - A LEARNER'S PERSPECTIVE SUSIE ANDRETTA - SCHOOL OF INFORMATION MANAGEMENT LONDON METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY [email_address] HTTP://WWW.ILIT.ORG/ILRESEARCH/INDEXILRESEARCH.HTM EDITOR - JOURNAL OF INFORMATION LITERACY HTTP://OJS.LBORO.AC.UK/OJS/INDEX.PHP/JIL/INDEX
Four contexts and categories of information literacy based on binary and tertiary information relationships
Contexts Categories and information relationships Binary relationship Personal and social Information Literacy as Functional Literacy Academic Information Literacy as Lifelong Learning Tertiary relationship Information provision Information Literacy as Provision Information education Information Literacy as Education
“ [..] the ability that everybody should have in order to function effectively in the information society [..]”
“ [..] the ability to use information effectively in your life, e.g. finding a house in Morocco; a marriage counsellor; information about Polycystic ovary syndrome”
“ [..] research is about learning [..], particularly in an academic environment. If you learn how to investigate you become an independent/lifelong learner [..] that's why is so important to get the basics of information literacy”
“ It’s mainly about information and it’s changed, it used to be information from books now it’s knowledge that’s coming through the web. [..] you need to learn new ways of accessing knowledge and new ways of learning”
INFORMATION LITERACY – A LEARNER’S PERSPECTIVE
“ [..] as an information provider [..] you are trying to make that information available to users. [..] you want every single piece of information to be available [..]”
“ [..] the need to detect bias, crosscheck things, look at currency, relevance, authority, who’s published it? So it’s very much in terms of what’s on the web [..] I had to be quite aware that the information was Financial Times standards in terms of quality”
“ There is a certain amount of convergence between the library and the learning resource centre, [it] seems to be a growing area [so] I’ve become more interested in information literacy as a form of education”
“ [..] in terms of [the] information professional’s viewpoint [information literacy] is becoming more the librarian’s role increasingly. What users really need from librarians (with the access to books becoming less important for libraries with the Internet and Google, Amazon and so on) is training in information literacy”
The Prague Declaration - "Towards an Information Literate Society”. Prague, the Czech Republic, September 20-23, 2003. [Online]. Available at: http://portal.unesco.org/ci/en/files/19636/11228863531PragueDeclaration.pdf/PragueDeclaration.pdf (Accessed 13 January 2010).
High-Level Colloquium on Information Literacy and Lifelong Learning. Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt November 6-9, 2005 . [Online]. Available at: http://www.infolit.org/International_Colloquium/alexfinalreport.pdf (Accessed 13 January 2010).
Horton, F.W. (2008) Understanding Information Literacy: A Primer. UNESCO: Paris. [Online]. Available at: http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0015/001570/157020E.pdf (Accessed 27 May 2008).
Catts, R. and Lau, J. (2008) Towards Information Literacy Indicators. UNESCO: Paris. [Online]. Available at: http://www.ifla.org/files/information-literacy/publications/towards-information-literacy_2008-en.pdf (Accessed 13 January 2010.
2. Higher Education
SCONUL (1998) Information Skills in Higher Education: A SCONUL Position Paper . [Online] Available at: http://www.sconul.ac.uk/groups/information_literacy/papers/Seven_pillars.html (Accessed 13 January 2010).
Association of College and Research Libraries, (ACRL, 2000) Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. [Online] Available at: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/standards/informationliteracycompetency.cfm (Accessed 13 January 2010).
Bundy, A. (Ed. 2004) Australian and New Zealand Information Literacy Framework principles, standards and practice, Australian and New Zealand Institute for Information Literacy (ANZIIL), Adelaide, second edition.
Andretta, S. (2008) 'Information literacy from the learner’s perspective. A UK study.' In Basili, C. (Ed.) Information Literacy as the crossroad of Education and Information Policies in Europe. CNR: 278-301.
Andretta, S. (2009) ‘Facilitating Information Literacy Education (FILE)’ In Brine, A. (Ed.) Handbook of library training practice and development , Vol. 3, Gower Publishing Ltd: 49-75.
Whitworth, A. (2009) Teaching information literacy within a relational frame: the Media and Information Literacy course at Manchester . Journal of Information Literacy, Vol.3 (2): 25-38. [Online] Available at:
http://ojs.lboro.ac.uk/ojs/index.php/JIL/article/view/PRA-V3-I2-2009-2/1414 (Accessed: 13 January 2010)
4. Relational and phenomenographic perspectives
Bruce, C. (1997) The Seven Faces of Information Literacy . Adelaide: Auslib Press.
Marton, F. and Booth, S. (1997) Learning and Awareness , Mahwah: New Jersey, LEA.